Home About Journal AHEAD OF PRINT Current Issue Back Issues Instructions Submission Search Subscribe Blog    

Users Online: 1600 
Print this page  Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size 

 Table of Contents    
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 644-645
Author's reply

1 Shree Birendra Hospital, Chhauni, Kathmandu, Nepal
2 Department of Pathology, Shree Birendra Hospital, Chhauni, Kathmandu, Nepal

Click here for correspondence address and email

Date of Web Publication19-Nov-2013

How to cite this article:
Joshi A, Magar SR, Chand P, Panth R, KC BR. Author's reply. Indian J Orthop 2013;47:644-5

How to cite this URL:
Joshi A, Magar SR, Chand P, Panth R, KC BR. Author's reply. Indian J Orthop [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Nov 22];47:644-5. Available from:

We appreciate the concerns raised by Ashish Gulia [1] on our article "Tru-cut biopsy as the initial method of tissue diagnosis in bone tumors with soft tissue extension". [2] We would like to clarify our views on the points raised.

First of all, we agree to the point that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will tell us (cognitive sense) the exact target area and we performed MRI in all of our cases; however, the somatosensory and tactile sensation (palpation) will definitely be needed to have a feel of where the needle is going. In our series, by saying palpation technique we mean that no additional locating devises were used to confirm the location of the needle.

Who should perform the biopsy is still a matter of debate. As far as the diagnostic accuracy is concern, Rougraff et al., [3] reported that there was no evidence to address who is the best suited to perform the biopsy. Existing literatures have failed to address the technical aspect of biopsy scar placement by various physicians doing biopsy (Orthopedicians, Surgeons, Radiologists and Pathologists). We hypothesized that an orthopedic resident or registrars, who are aware of the principles of biopsy and recommendations of musculoskeletal tumor society, will place the biopsy tract more appropriately than other subspecialities. We agree that whenever possible a biopsy (open or Tru-cut) should be performed by a specialist in a specialized center, but if it is not possible, Tru-cut should be the first choice as it has good diagnostic accuracy and more forgiving than open biopsy.

We never wanted to undermine the importance of imaging techniques to localize the needle in the correct position. We just wanted to emphasize that when tumor is palpable and imaging has shown the vital structure in and around the tumor, these adjuvant radiology techniques have no added advantage. As far as comparisons with similar studies are concern, we just wanted to compare the adequacy of tumor tissue obtained without using the localization techniques. We agree to the fact that the size and site of the tumor has an important role to play while choosing these adjuvant localization techniques.

   References Top

1.Gulia A. Comments on - "Tru-cut biopsy as the initial method of tissue diagnosis in bone tumors with soft tissue mass". Indian J Orthop 2013;47:643-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
  Medknow Journal  
2.Joshi A, Magar SR, Chand P, Panth R, Khatri Chhetri BR. Tru-cut biopsy as the initial method of tissue diagnosis in bone tumors with soft tissue extension. Indian J Orthop 2013;47:195-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
  Medknow Journal  
3.Rougraff BT, Aboulafia A, Biermann JS, Healey J. Biopsy of soft tissue masses: Evidence-based medicine for the musculoskeletal tumor society. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2009;467:2783  Back to cited text no. 3

Correspondence Address:
Amit Joshi
Department of Orthopedics, Shree Birendra Hospital, Chhauni, Kathmandu
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.121608

Rights and Permissions


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  


 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded42    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal